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Boston Terriers Information


Boston terriers are compactly built, muscular, squarely proportioned little dogs that usually weight between ten and twenty-five pounds and stand fifteen to seventeen inches high.  They have an alert, kind expression with round, dark, large eyes that are wide-set.  The terrier’s small ears are either left natural or cropped.  The Boston terriers muzzle is square, wide and short with an ample, wide black nose.  Its chest is very broad, its limbs muscular and straight, and the Boston terriers neck arches slightly.  The hair is short, smooth and fine textured and the Boston terrier’s colors are black and white, bridle and white, or brown and white.   


Boston terriers are very intelligent, alert, gentle dogs that are normally enthusiastic and well mannered.  They are also playful, sensitive and devoted to their family and love both the elderly and children.  Normally friendly toward strangers, they get along well with other family dogs and pets but can sometimes be aggressive towards strange dogs.  Wonderful companion dogs, they love being with the family but are sometimes independent and a little stubborn.  They are clever, like to learn and are very easy to train. 

Grooming & Shedding

Boston terriers require very little grooming and care because their coats are short and smooth.  They are average shedders, so remove the dead hairs by occasionally brushing or combing the Boston terrier with a firm bristle brush.  Only bathe the dog when needed.  On a daily basis and using a damp cloth, wipe the Boston terriers face, as its prominent eyes do require careful cleaning.  Always check their eyes and ears for grass seeds and ticks in their ears.  Clipping their nails is required occasionally.   


Many believe that the Boston terrier originated in Boston around 1870 and is a cross between an English white terrier and an English bulldog.  Originally, a large dog, they bred the Boston terrier down in size.  Although the marking and color was unimportant during the early years, by the nineteen hundreds, the Boston terriers color and distinctive markings were a written standard and became an important feature.  In 1889, they formed the American Bull Terrier Club but the breeds proposed name was not well received so in 1892 the clubs name changed to the Boston Terrier Club.  In 1893, they admitted the Boston terrier into the American Kennel Club, which made it the first recognized US bred dog.  These dogs have the distinction of being the first non-sporting dogs that they bred in the United States.   

Health Issues


  • Major Concerns: none
  • Minor Concerns: PDA (congenital heart condition), patellar luxation, stenotic nares, cataracts
  • Occasionally seen: deafness, hydrocephalus, esophageal achalasia, distichiasis, persistent right aortic arch
  • Suggested tests: cardiac



15-17 inches (38.1-43cm)


10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3kg)


15 years or more




Yes – with frequent, daily exercise


Yes – excellent with elderly individuals

Young Children


Need exercise space


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